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KCrim: Criminal Law at King's

KCrim: Criminal Law at King's

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The King’s Criminal Law group is led by Dr John Stanton-Ife and Professor Andrew Simester. The aim of the group is to foster research into criminal law, including a variety of theoretical perspectives.

Michaelmas Hearings

Amongst its programme of activities, KCrim convenes the Michaelmas Hearings, which bring together some of today's leading criminal law thinkers to discuss current legal issues affecting the United Kingdom, Europe, and the rest of the world. Each year, our speakers are expected to offer up for discussion some real problems in the theory and application of the criminal law, broadly understood. In the coming term, we shall welcome speakers from the United States (Doug Husak), Scotland (Antony Duff) and England (Findlay Stark and Bob Sullivan).

Potential attendees of the Michaelmas Hearings should bear in mind that we shall generally commence substantive conversation as quickly as possible, without allowing much by way of presentation from the guest. Reading the paper in advance is, therefore, generally a prerequisite.

Criminal Conversations 

Every Summer, Professor Simester also hosts the Criminal Conversations series, a week-long event in which thinkers about criminal law doctrine are invited, not to present complete papers as such, but to float work-in-progress in an open-ended format.

The KCrim events are by invitation only. Postgraduate students at Kings should indicate their interest by emailing Dr Stanton-Ife or Professor Simester.

Who we are

 Dr. John Stanton-Ife Senior Lecturer 
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John Stanton-Ife is a senior lecturer at the Dickson Poon School of Law at King's, having originally joined as a lecturer in 2000. He was previously a lecturer at Queen's University, Belfast Law School. He has a PhD from the European University Institute, Florence, a BCL from Oxford, an LLM from Toronto and an LLB from University College London.

Full profile: Dr. John Stanton-Ife

Professor Andrew Simester                              Chair in Criminal Law

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Professor Andrew Simester took up the Edmund-Davies Chair in Criminal Law at King's College London in August 2015. He also holds the Provost’s Chair in Law at the National University of Singapore, and is Honorary Professor at the University of Uppsala in Sweden. A graduate of the Universities of Auckland and Oxford, Andrew has also taught at the Universities of Birmingham, Nottingham, and Cambridge.

Full profile: Professor Andrew Simester 

Upcoming Events - Autumn 2019

Thursday 26 September: Punishing the Polity
Speaker: Professor Ekow Yankah (Cardozo)
Time & Venue:  4pm - 6pm, SW1.17, Somerset House East Wing
Thursday 24 October: Rejecting Retributivism: Free Will, Punishment, and Criminal Justice
Speaker: Professor Gregg D. Caruso (SUNY Corning)
Time & Venue:  4pm - 6pm, SW1.17 Somerset House East Wing
Please register here.

Thursday 21 November: The Probable and the Non-arbitrary: The Factual Foundation of Condemnatory Judgment
Speaker: Dr Liat Levanon (KCL)
Time & Venue:  4pm - 6pm, SW1.17, Somerset House East Wing
Please register here

Latest News

Articles 2016

Past KCrim Events

KCrim 2018
Tuesday 9 October: Justifications and Numbers
Speaker: Dr John Stanton-Ife and  Professor Andrew Simester
Time & Venue:  5pm - 7pm, SW1.17, Somerset House East Wing
Registration here.
Friday 16 November: Duplicative Wrongs (Criminal and Civil)
Speaker: Dr Findlay Stark (Cambridge University) 
Time & Venue:  5pm - 7pm, SW1.18, Somerset House East Wing
Registration here.

Friday 23 November: The Primacy of Prevention
Speaker: Dr James Edwards  (Oxford University) 
Time & Venue:  5pm - 7pm, SW1.18, Somerset House East Wing
Registration here.
KCrim 2017
Thursday 30 November: The Impact of Moral Panics on the Criminal Justice System – Perceived or Normative Legitimacy?
Speaker: Professor Mirium Gur-Arye, Judge Basil Wunsh Professor of Criminal Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Friday 17 November: Consent in Moral, Political, and Legal Perspectives: Some Implications for Sexual Offenses 
Speaker: Professor Michelle Dempsey, University of Villanova
Wednesday 25 October: "Moral Luck"
Speaker: Professor Andrew Simester, King's College London
Monday 22 May: Criminalising Sex with Animals 
Speaker: Professor Stuart Green, Rutgers Law School, New Jersey
Monday 20 February: Structuring Justifications
Speaker: Andrew Simester, KCL
KCrim 2016: The Michaelmas Hearings
Monday 10 October: Joint Enterprise: RIP?
Somerset House East Wing
Andrew Simester, KCL
Findlay Stark, Cambridge
Bob Sullivan, UCL

Friday 25 November: Ignorance of Law as a Criminal Law Defence
Somerset House East Wing
Doug Husak, Rutgers
Antony Duff, Stirling
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